Comptel leverages convergent mediation to synchronise inventory with the network
Comptel, a leading vendor of dynamic Operations Support System (OSS) software, has announced the Comptel Inventory Mediator, a new dynamic way of collecting information about the network to improve the accuracy of the data held in a network inventory, for example Comptel Inventory Solution. This latest enhancement to the Comptel Dynamic OSS follows the recent announcement of the Comptel Service Catalog Solution, which is also a key to service fulfilment automation.
For service providers, maintaining accurate information about their network in an inventory solution is fundamental, for example to ensure the success of service fulfilment automation. To achieve improved accuracy, inventory solutions have often been synchronised in the past with the network, either through Element Management Systems (EMS) or via auto-discovery tools. However, the major issue with such deployments is maintaining the library of interfaces to an ever growing number of evolving network elements. Comptel has solved this problem by linking the Comptel Inventory Solution with its award winning Comptel Convergent Mediation Solution.
Mr Harri Palviainen, Executive Vice President Network Inventory Business, explains: "For most suppliers of service fulfilment solutions, keeping up-to-date with network interfaces is difficult and costly. This means service providers using such solutions can experience real delays in upgrading their fulfilment processes when next generation equipment is rolled out in their network. For Comptel though, maintaining interfaces is part of our core business. The Comptel Convergent Mediation Solution has interfaces to over 400 data sources found in service provider networks, and new interfaces are being added all the time. This puts Comptel in quite a unique position to ensure the data-accuracy of the inventory now and in the future."
Mr Markku Penttinen, Senior Vice President Event Mediation Business, adds: "By building the Comptel Inventory Mediator around the Comptel Mediation Solution, Comptel is able to leverage all the benefits of a proven carrier-class solution. For example, the solution is extremely fast and scalable, and offers advanced functionality such as correlation, duplicate removal, error correction and a sophisticated business logic tool to configure it. This innovative approach also allows service providers to use just one solution for both their mediation needs and their inventory feeds, resulting in real economies of scope."
Mr Palviainen concludes: "The Comptel Inventory Mediator is a great illustration of the growing synergy between Comptel's 2 main lines of business: fulfilment automation, and convergent mediation and charging. It is fundamental building block of the Comptel Dynamic OSS, providing a solution that is flexible and real-time, and that can reduce time-to-market for service providers."